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Management Team

Jon Siegel
Jon Siegel, Executive Director
Jon has many years of experience in a wide range of business areas. He ran an educational foundation, managed a country music radio station, created and managed multi-state trade associations, directed communications for political campaigns, operated his own business-to-business advertising agency, and directed worldwide marketing for businesses ranging from Fortune 500s to start-ups. He has more than 25 years of volunteer leadership experience with nonprofit organizations. He and Jane have been married 36 years and have three adult children and four grandchildren. The reduction of “stuff” from his life is a never-ending goal. If allowed, he will rant endlessly about how well telephones worked when they were actually connected with wires. Jon earned a B.A. with honors from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Karli Anne Christiansen Karli Anne Christiansen, Director of Programs
Karli is the Director of Programs at TisBest Philanthropy and the creator of DiscoverGiving, a classroom philanthropy project from TisBest. She is a founding member of the Compassionate Schools Network, an online community for compassion in education that was created by TisBest in partnership with several Seattle-based organizations. In December of 2013 Karli spoke at the inaugural Compassion and Technology conference at Stanford University. Following the conference, Karli was invited to return to the Bay Area to greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he arrived in California to speak at Santa Clara University. Karli is a former Roots of Empathy instructor and an avid researcher of brain science. To learn more about the neuroscience of giving, check out Karli's Science of Giving series, or listen to her appearance on the Sounds Like an Earful podcast.

Karli Larson Brittany Almeda, Web Technology and Design Manager
Brittany leads TisBest’s website and user experience design and serves as Project Manager for the web development process. She also manages software onboarding for TisBest operations. When not working on the many development projects TisBest has in the works, she acts as the sole graphic designer for the website and related marketing campaigns. A graduate of the Northwest College of Art and Design, Brittany earned a B.F.A. in Visual Communications double majoring in Graphic and Interactive Design. She is currently working on a second degree in marketing. A Native to the Southwestern deserts of New Mexico, Brittany brings an air of new perspective fueled by a heavily influenced artistic past.

Jeremy Holmes Jeremy Holmes, Customer Success Coordinator
Jeremy focuses on customer support, account management, online marketing and social media management. Born and raised in Seattle, Jeremy is a people person and connector who is passionate about socially responsible business. He has worked with a number of local startups and was recognized with a sustainability leadership award in the category of Creative Solutions from Sustainable Seattle. In-between phone calls and tweets Jeremy enjoys scuba diving and pursuing his interests as a podcaster and space enthusiast.


Erik Marks, Founder
Erik is the founder of TisBest and the Charity Gift Card concept. Erik is a member of Social Venture Partners, volunteers at his local Union Gospel Mission and supports the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. Erik has worked as a business attorney and partner at Cairncross & Hempelmann and Perkins Coie, and serves as general counsel at EDG Commercial Real Estate, a medical realestate services firm. Erik holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA fromWilliams College.

Ratatouille, VP Critter Control
Ratatouille (Ratty) typically shows up at our offices with Erik. While here, Ratty prophylactically patrols for critters and destroys misplaced lunch items on sight.

Board of Directors

Melinda Briana Epler Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda Briana Epler is a community engagement strategist dedicated to empowering social businesses and not-for-profit organizations to have greater positive impact. Melinda has 15 years of experience as a strategic planner for large organizations, and 20 years of experience an award-winning multi-channel storyteller for local non-profits and global Fortune 50 companies.

Richard Gold Richard N. Gold
Rich is president of R.N. Gold & Company, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and marketing. Prior to forming R.N. Gold & Company, he was executive vice president of Glendinning Associates and a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Rich serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards. He has been a producer and partner in Enterplan and director of the Downtown Council of Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MA from New York University and a BSI from the University of Wisconsin.

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Noland Hoshino
Noland is a Partner and Director of Creative and Digital Marketing at High Five Media, Co-Founder of Bcause Media, co-producer of Hello Vancouver!, Co-author of the SMO (Social Media Optimization) books series, and many, many other things. Including, a social good curator, do-good enforcer, volunteer enthusiast, and community activist. Most times you’ll see him on social media sharing articles and content about social good, or IRL (in real life) at an event or in his neighborhood (he's also the President of his neighborhood association) volunteering to make the community a better place to live. Noland is a military veteran with 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, and holds an MBA from University of Phoenix in Business Administration Management.

Dave Lamont Dave Lamont
Dave began his philanthropic work years ago, founding a mentoring program for underprivileged elementary school children in Tacoma, WA. He currently serves on the board of directors and as an advisory board member to the PCC Farmland Trust. Dave is the chief executive officer of AICI, a commercial real estate development and investment company. Dave previously worked as an attorney and a nuclear chief engineer. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a JD from Seattle University.

Marie Mihail Marie Mihail
Marie works at Microsoft, where she specializes in global partner marketing and educational development. Marie spends a good part of her time promoting and supporting charitable organizations, including ASPCA, Delta Society, Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Senior Services of Snohomish County, and the annual Microsoft Give Campaign. Marie received both her BA in Economics and MBA from the University of Washington.

Jim Phillips Jim Phillips
Jim is an owner and manager of Berschauer Phillips, a northwest commercial construction company, through which he pursues his interest in environmentally responsible and sustainable construction practices. Jim volunteers his time at St. Joseph’s of Seattle, the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thurston County. Jim received his BA from Wheaton College and holds an MBA from the University of Washington.

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